MEMORI, escape room game, launched at State Library of WA

Writer Rebecca Metcalf and FTI games and interactive director Kate Raynes-Goldie. Picture: Andrew Ritchied428856
Writer Rebecca Metcalf and FTI games and interactive director Kate Raynes-Goldie. Picture: Andrew Ritchied428856

MEMORI, the first interactive game of its kind, will be launched at the State Library of WA this week.

Created by the Film and Television Institute (FTI), MEMORI is an ‘escape room’ game that incorporates historical WA documents from the library into a fun, sci-fi themed challenge.

FTI games and interactive director Kate Raynes-Goldie said it aimed to enhance the vibrancy of WA’s gaming industry.

‘Escape rooms are a global phenomenon, but to our knowledge, this is the first time it is being done in a library with an educational goal of helping young people engage and think about their history,’ Dr Raynes-Goldie said.

The game, which was created by a team of local, interstate and international designers and artists, will be presented as part of the State Library of WA’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

MEMORI starts by transporting participants into a top-secret research centre where they are confined with an experimental device, which can see into the minds of any West Australian, living or dead. How participants use the device and interpret clues left by a mysterious inventor will determine how they escape.

More than 100 people are expected to play MEMORI daily from November 21-23.